February 12, 2009
FC Midtjylland midfielder Jonas Borring gave the visitors the lead against the run of play at the beginning of the second half, before Portsmouth striker Theofanis Gekas equalized after a well-worked Greece move.
Denmark took the lead just four minutes into the half and against the run of play through Jonas Borring, the 24-year-old latching onto a ball from debutant Jakob Poulsen before firing across the outstretched Alexandros Tzorvas – who replaced Chalkias at half-time – in the Greek goal.
It took Greece 12 minutes to break down their opponents courtesy of an extremely well worked move, substitute Kostas Katsouranis spreading the ball intelligently to the right flank, from where the impressive Giourkas Seitaridis laid the ball back for Karagounis.
His deep, first-time cross was met at the back-post by Vasilis Torosidis, whose well-timed run was complimented by a composed volley across the face of goal, Gekas tapping into an empty net to level the scores at 1-1
February 12, 2009
goals by midfielders Rasmus Elm and Kim Kallstrom earned Sweden a 2-0 victory over injury-hit Austria in a friendly on Wednesday.
Elm opened the scoring in the 58th minute with a shot from 25 meters (Yards) distance and Kallstrom put the result beyond doubt five minutes later with a free kick from just outside the penalty area.
Defeat for Austria has left the Euro 2008 co-host without a victory in five matches after four defeats and a draw with the Faeroe Islands since its surprise 3-1 win over France in September.
“Our first-half performance was good,” Austria coach Karel Bruckner said. “But in the decisive moments, Sweden was just better. We still have a lot of work to do.”
February 11, 2009
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal since euro 2008 for Portugal he left it late but score from the spot as they beat Finland.Portugal had most of the possession in the first half, but failed to break down a well-organised Finnish defence. Ronaldo volleyed just wide and Hugo Almeida went close with a header, but Portugal resorted mainly to shooting from distance.
Portugal created more chances in the second-half with debutant Orlando Sa shooting wide from close range and defender Paulo Ferreira forcing substitute keeper Niki Maenpaa into a smart save.
The breakthrough came on 79 minutes with Ronaldo converting a penalty after Sami Hyypia fouled substitute striker Danny.
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February 11, 2009
Norway got a shock win away from home at germany.Grindheim scored the only goal of the match for the visitors .Christian Grindheim scored the winning goal in the 63rd minute, from close range at the far post after a throw-in. Morten Gamst Pedersen sent in a low cross that went by four German defenders before Grindheim connected.
Germany suffered its second consecutive loss, after the 2-1 defeat by England in November in Berlin.
The first – and only previous time – Norway had beaten Germany was a 2-0 victory at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Germany is No. 2 in FIFA’s rankings, 57 places above Norway
Germany coach Joachim Loew was hoping Norway would play a defensive game to prepare his team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. He got more than he’d bargained for.
“Norway was very well organized, we gave them time to get 10 men behind the ball,” Loew said. “We did not play at high pace, we were not quick enough after winning the ball. We were uninspired and we did not create many chances.
“This was not an undeserved loss. But we will learn our lesson from this, I can promise that.